When it first launched YouTube video quality was known for it’s low quality, but at the time we didn’t really care, as our dial-up internet was charged by the minute, we wanted our video’s quickly and cheaply.

How day’s we have multi-megabit, paid per month, broadband and as a result we now want our on-line video’s and TV-On-Demand at a much higher quality, and in some better than the quality we get on TV, but even though our broadband came serve us these video’s just as fast as we can watch them, can our Graphics Cards cope with the higher video quality of service’s like YouTube HD?

I have two PC’s that I use for watching on-line video’s, both with separate video cards. One, my basic machine, has a Celeron(R) processor running at 2.66GHz’s, 768MB of Ram and a 128MB nVidia GeForce4 MX 4000 Graphics Card at only 1024 x 768 resolution. The main machine has a Celeron(R) processor running at 3.33GHz, 1.5GB of Ram and has a 1GB nVidia GeForce 9500 GT Graphic Card at 1600 x 1200 resolution.

Now both can play the test video below at full screen in standard def, but the basic machine with it’s 128MB Graphic Card can only refresh the screen around 4 times per second. Where as the main machine, with it’s 1GB ram, can still play the HD version without any drop outs in full screen, as long as the second monitor is not playing anything, at which point both screen slow to 5 or 6 refreshes per second.

So why not test your Graphic Card out with Miranda Lambert’s Live Performance of ‘More Like Her’ at the Country Music Awards?

To make it a fair test of the Graphic Card and not your broadband speed, click play to start caching the video, hit pause and wait for the video to fully cache, click full screen, and then click the play button again. The video should already be selected to play in HD, if the HD logo is not RED, click on it to get the HD version.

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Don’t forget to let me know via the comments as to what Graphic Card you have, and how it coped. Don’t forget to include the screen resolution i’s set to.

Thanks, and enjoy the video.

If you stare at the cross on the middle of the blue tinted female, once the image turns to black and white, your be able to see her in colour.

If you think it’s only the last section of the video that has her in black and white then use the play head to jump back to about 2/3rds of the way though the video and check for yourself,

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From: lowwater

Added: April 24, 2008

Video for Low Water’s song “Sister, Leave Me” from the record “Who Said That Life Is Over?”

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A full list of the game featured in this video are listed after the jump. How many can you name without looking at the list Continue reading »

Iconic Images from Classic Hitchcock Films by Vanity Fair

Alferd Hitchcock, Vanity Fair cover, March 2008

For Vanity Fair’s 14th annual Hollywood Issue they took 21 of the finest actors working today, plus 4 of Vanity Fair’s best photographers to recreate some of the most iconic images of film.

Read the rest of this article to see the Vanity Fair version side by side with the original Hitchcock image.

Click on the name of the film to find out more via imdb.com, click on the image to see a larger version, or the actors name below the left hand side image to go to the page on the Vanity Fair website.

Dial M For Murder, 1954

Dial M For Murder

Charlize Theron. Photograph by Norman Jean RoyCharlize Theron. Photograph by Norman Jean Roy

Dial M For Murder, original

The original still: Anthony Dawson and Grace Kelly. ©Warner BrothersThe original still: Anthony Dawson and Grace Kelly. ©Warner Brothers

Rear Window, 1954

Rear Window

Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem Photograph by Norman Jean RoyScarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem Photograph by Norman Jean Roy

Rear Window, original

The original still: Grace Kelly and James Stewart. Paramount/Neal Peters CollectionThe original still: Grace Kelly and James Stewart. Paramount/Neal Peters Collection

Marnie, 1964

Marnie

Naomi Watts. Photograph by Julian BroadNaomi Watts. Photograph by Julian Broad

Marnie, original

The original still: Tippi Hedren. Universal/PhotofestThe original still: Tippi Hedren. Universal/Photofest

Rebecca, 1940

Rebecca

Keira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Photograph by Julian BroadKeira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Photograph by Julian Broad

Rebecca, original

The original still: Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson. ©United ArtistsThe original still: Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson. ©United Artists

Strangers On A Train, 1951

Strangers On A Train

Emile Hirsch and James McAvoy. Photograph by Art StreiberEmile Hirsch and James McAvoy. Photograph by Art Streiber

Strangers On A Train, original

The original still: Farley Granger and Robert Walker. Warner Brothers/PhotofestThe original still: Farley Granger and Robert Walker. Warner Brothers/Photofest

Vertigo, 1958

Vertigo

Renee Zellweger. Photograph by Norman Jean RoyRenee Zellweger. Photograph by Norman Jean Roy

Vertigo, original

The original still: Kim Novak. ©Paramount PicturesThe original still: Kim Novak. ©Paramount Pictures

To Catch A Thief, 1955

To Catch A Thief

Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. Photograph by Norman Jean RoyGwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. Photograph by Norman Jean Roy

To Catch A Thief, original

The original still: Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Paramount Pictures/PhotofestThe original still: Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Paramount Pictures/Photofest

Lifeboat, 1944

Lifeboat

From left: Tang Wei, Josh Brolin, Casey Affleck, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Foster, Omar Metwally, and Julie Christie. Photograph by Mark SeligerFrom left: Tang Wei, Josh Brolin, Casey Affleck, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Foster, Omar Metwally, and Julie Christie. Photograph by Mark Seliger

Lifeboat, original

The original still: From left: Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, Hume Cronyn, Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Heather Angel, William Bendix, Canada Lee. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp./PhotofestThe original still: From left: Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, Hume Cronyn, Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Heather Angel, William Bendix, Canada Lee. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp./Photofest

The Birds, 1963

The Birds

Jodie Foster. Photograph by Norman Jean RoyJodie Foster. Photograph by Norman Jean Roy

The Birds, original

The original still: Tippi Hedren. ©Universal PicturesThe original still: Tippi Hedren. ©Universal Pictures

North By Northwest, 1959

North By Northwest

VanityFair.com:North By NorthwestSeth Rogen. Photograph by Art Streiber

North By Northwest, original

The original still: Cary Grant. MGM/PhotofestThe original still: Cary Grant. MGM/Photofest

Psycho, 1960

Psycho, Marion Cotillard 2008

Marion Cotillard. Photograph by Mark SeligerMarion Cotillard. Photograph by Mark Seliger

Psycho, original

The original still: Janet Leigh. Paramount Pictures/PhotofestThe original still: Janet Leigh. Paramount Pictures/Photofest

NOTE: All images remain the copyright of either Vanity Fair, the photograhers or the Movie Studio that produced the original film.

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There’s no really comments here as I think this video says all that is need to be said.

The first of 3 parts

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Episode 1 “Techno is not a Joke”.
Animated adventures of techno art collective The Pod. The Pod are a late eighties electronic dance outfit trying to cope with the mid nineties post rave come down.

This was made over five years ago but not many people have seem it, This version was posted on YouTube in April but so far has been viewed less then 10,000 times.

We have already had ‘The Simpsons do Abbey Road‘ now the Simpson are taking on George Lucas as they remake the opening into in the style of the Starwars movies

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An orignal pop culture parody by animator Rich Cando. More work can be seen at RichCando.com or DudeStudios.com.

Check out these other Star Wars videos dy Rich Cando at DudeStudios.com

Star Dudes, The Bad Dudes Strike Back, Return of the Dude, The Phantom Dude

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